How Do You Clean Your Wood Laminate Flooring?

Updated on April 29, 2011
T.B. asks from Bloomington, IN
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I have wood laminate flooring in our kitchen and dining room. It is the center of our house and gets a lot of traffic. The kids have an indoor only ride-on toys that regularly race in there. I am noticing lots of scuff type marks that I am not able to remove with my normal cleaning routine. They aren't colored scuffs, but in a certain light I see lines from the toys wheels on the surface of the floor. I usually dry Swiffer and vaccum, then mop with wet Swiffer and Mr. Clean floor cleaner. I know I can't use a steamer, but what can I use to remove scuffs?

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Well, my knees are sore, but my floor looks AMAZING!!!! Thanks so much ladies!! I scrubbed the entire floor with cloth diapers and vinegar/water mixture. I will definitely replace my Mr. Clean with vinegar/water and buy a steamer.

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answers from Seattle on

I had a lot of wood laminate flooring in my previous home and I loved it. So easy to clean. Do not use swiffers or anything other than 1/2 vinegar and water (as mentioned below). Easiest thing to do is buy one of those microfiber broom things (costco sells a nice one). Fill a spray bottle with the vinegar-water solution and spray it on the mop and then spray floor in sections and mop. Works great and there is no bending over. Very quick, safe and sanitary. Have fun! :)

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answers from Tyler on

I use something in a bottle (so helpful) for routing cleanings, but when I have time what the vinegar/water mixutre that a lot have mentioned is my favorite as it works great.

I am glad that you asked this question, because I want to try a steamer on mine, but was afraid to. Now I know that if I am careful it is ok ~ thank you : )

The vinegar works on the scuff marks too. My daughter leaves them with her little push toy she uses to learn to walk.

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answers from Harrisburg on

Try 1/2 parts water and 1/2 vinegar. Use a damp not wet cloth (cloth diaper works or something cottony) and rub with your hands. Hope that helps.

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answers from Minneapolis on

I used a steamer on mine.

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answers from Minneapolis on

I use either a steam mop or sometimes water and vinegar with a micro mop or whatever they are called. I find the wet Swiffer leaves a sticky residue. For scuff marks I just used good old-fashioned "elbow grease" with a soft cloth. You can use a steamer as long as it doesn't leave standing water. Mine actually leaves less water and dries faster than any other type of mop I use.

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answers from New York on

I just read this in a magazine (it was one of the parenting ones) at the doctor's office. You use water mixed with rubbing alcohol (I don't remember the ratios). They also warned about not letting the floor get very wet or it will damage the laminate.

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